Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., where I serve as executive director, offers assistance through trained tenant/landlord counselors who provide information and guidance, free of charge, to anyone who contacts us. In addition to our community education and outreach programs, counselors respond to approximately 5,000 inquiries annually in Baltimore alone. We know more help is needed and we know more funding is necessary to increase our capacity, extend our hours and respond to everyone who seeks our assistance. This additional funding to support and assist tenants will not fall out of the sky. Based on current government funding challenges and federal government budget proposals, the future of public funding is bleak. The Trump administration is proposing elimination of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program. As reported by the Sun ("Baltimore poverty programs face cuts," July 9), the end of this program would mean a loss to Baltimore of $19 million a year. In addition to funding city government programs, the federal block grants provide vital funding support to over 60 non-profit agencies including BNI.